Archive of October 27, 2009

Retired Spanish bishop serves Peruvian parish by hearing confessions six hours each Sunday

Oct 27, 2009 - 11:07 pm .- Bishop Jose Gea Escolano, who retired from the Spanish Diocese of Mondonedo-Ferrol and is currently a missionary in Peru explained this week that one of his most frequent tasks is hearing confessions each Sunday for “five to six hours...although on some days it has been 10.”

Archbishop Dolan asks Rep. Kennedy to apologize for ‘sad’ accusations

Oct 27, 2009 - 09:55 pm .- Joining the response to U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s charge that the Catholic bishops are spreading discord on health care reform, Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has said the congressman’s remarks were “sad, uncalled-for, and inaccurate” and has asked for an apology.

Cardinal Bergoglio calls on children to sow peace in Argentina

Oct 27, 2009 - 08:22 pm .- During his homily for the Archdiocesan Mass for Children, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, reminded the 10,000 children present of the need to grow in faith and love. He also asked them to promise Jesus that “where there is hatred, we will bring love, where there is fighting, we will bring peace.”

Notre Dame 88 protester ready to choose family over fighting in court

Oct 27, 2009 - 04:49 pm .- A Denver mother who is one of the 88 pro-life protestors arrested for trespassing on the University of Notre Dame's campus during President Obama's appearance last May, has decided that if charges are not dropped soon, she will have to plead guilty.

Same-sex 'marriage' debate distracts government from 'real social problems,' Mexican lawyers say

Oct 27, 2009 - 04:31 pm .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers of Mexico, Armando Martinez, expressed regret this week that the Mexico City Legislative Assembly is not concerned with real social problems and is instead dedicated to promoting gay “marriage” through a reform of the Civil Code.

Rep. Stupak calls on President Obama to act in support of abortion funding restrictions

Oct 27, 2009 - 02:17 pm .- Pro-life Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) has called on President Obama to back up his stated support for the exclusion of abortion funding from health care legislation. Recounting how congressional leaders are opposing funding restrictions, Stupak warned that action is needed as “crunch time” arrives.

Archbishop warns of possible genocide in El Salvador

Oct 27, 2009 - 12:30 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador expressed concern this week over the increase in violence in El Salvador and the likelihood that the government will employ military personnel to put an end to it.

Pope praises Armenian Patriarch's 10 years of service

Oct 27, 2009 - 10:49 am .- Pope Benedict XVI marked the tenth anniversary of the election and enthronement of Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church, by sending a message to him today. The Pope told the Patriarch that he hopes the good relations between the two Churches would “continue to grow in the years ahead.”

Lawsuit challenges new ban on 63-year-old Michigan roadside nativity display

Oct 27, 2009 - 06:32 am .- A 63-year-old tradition of having a privately maintained nativity scene on a public median in Warren, Michigan has been ended after the local road commission received a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The move has resulted in a lawsuit charging that the ban on the display is discriminatory.

Pennsylvania Episcopal church considers future after Anglican provision announcement

Oct 27, 2009 - 04:49 am .- A Pennsylvania Episcopal church which joyously greeted the announcement of a provision to assist Anglicans who wish to become Catholic could be among the first to take advantage of the church structure put forward by Pope Benedict XVI.

Church janitor arrested in murder of New Jersey priest

Oct 27, 2009 - 02:39 am .- A church janitor has been arrested in the murder of a New Jersey Catholic priest whose body was found in the church rectory. The arrest caused shock and disbelief among parishioners.

Bishop Tobin asks Rep. Kennedy to apologize for 'irresponsible' comments

Oct 27, 2009 - 12:32 am .- Responding to Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who charged that the Catholic Church is promoting dissent about proposed health care legislation, Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence has replied that the bishops cannot support a proposal that covers abortion. He asked the Congressman to apologize for his “irresponsible comments.”

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